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Work to upgrade controversial museum gets underway

Preparation work has stared for a £8 million refurbishment and extension at Northampton Museum. Credit: Northampton Borough Council

A museum, which controversially sold off an ancient Egyptian statue, is now preparing for a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Northampton Borough Council is standing by its decision to sell the Sekhemka figurine to for £15m to an overseas buyer fund the expansion work.

It was a controversial move that cost the museum its Arts Council England accreditation and prompted the government to impose a temporary export ban.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

Two thousand years of history brought to life at Suffolk fair

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet a Roman or see a Viking fight up close?

Visitors to Stowmarket got the chance to find out today as 2,000 years of history came alive.

All this weekend the Museum of East Anglian Life is giving people the opportunity to get up close with re-enactors at its living history fair.

Watch Serena Sandhu's report to find out more.

Underwater secrets of first ship sunk in World War One

The HMS Amphion sank on 6 August 1914 off Essex. Credit: Imperial War Museum

A shipwreck off the coast of Harwich has inspired a team of divers from Ipswich to venture beneath the waves to discover the secret of the first ship to be sunk in the First World War.

The HMS Amphion sank on 6 August 1914, just 36 hours after hostilities started. It claimed the lives of 132 men.

She sank a German ship that was laying mines but as she was sailing home one of the mines exploded and she too sank

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu


Bronze Age homes unearthed in East Anglian Fens

Archaeologists working in the Cambridgeshire Fens have uncovered what could the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain.

The large, circular houses at Must Farm at Whittlesey near Peterborough stood on stilts over a river 3,000 years ago.

Bronze Age homes which have been buried for 3,000 years have been unearthed near Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's not the first time archaeological finds of world importance have been unearthed in the Anglia region, which has provided rich pickings for history hunters.

  • In the 1930s the famous Sutton Hoo burial ground was unearthed, it's now believed that it could have been the last resting place of the Anglo Saxon King Raedwald.
  • In 1998 the Sea Henge site was uncovered in Holme next the Sea in North Norfolk, it was an important ceremonial site during the bronze age.
  • In 2014 fossilised footprints were found on the Norfolk coast. They are around 900,000 years old and belong to the first humans to settle in northern Europe.

Click below to watch a report on what's been dubbed Britain's Pompeii from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley

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